Your Little Corner of the Future
October 23, 2008
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No one knows what the future holds. Every once in a while we look at our own life or current events and exclaim, “Who could ever have guessed that…”
There’s no getting around the fact that the future is pretty important. The future spans from the very next breath you and I take on into the days, months, years, and eternity ahead. The future’s a really long time!
The reality is that the portal to that important future is always through the present moment, this point in time. We all are very much aware we’re not in control of all that will happen in the future, just as we aren’t in control over all that happens to us in the present. But here’s the important fact for us to remember. We may not be in control of all that happens to us in the present but we are in control of some of it! In the same way we are in control of a piece of the future! One of my favorite authors, Erwin Raphael McManus, writes, “History doesn’t happen to us, it happens through us.” He goes on to write, “God has designed a role for you in the creating of the future.” (Wide Awake, p. 159)
Sometimes we underestimate the thoughts we think, the attitudes we hold, the words we say, and the actions we do. So often they seem rather small and inconsequential. Each, however, is another brick we lay in what is our future dwelling place. How we deal with our present situation largely determines the kind of future we’re going to live in presently.
It’s been said that no one knows what the future holds, but we can know the One who holds the future. True! God is sovereign and He will have His ultimate will be done on earth as it is in heaven. You and I have a part in the unfolding of that future He has planned! McManus writes, “Jesus clearly expects us to be fully engaged in this life and the creation of the future.” (p. 160) What our future holds is largely dependent on how we take hold of our present opportunities. Let’s live the present moment well. Our future depends on it!